Update: April 9, 2015
22-year-old Adam Dees was indicted on three counts of first-degree murder a full month after members of a Boise family were found slain in their Foothills home.
During an April 10th hearing, Dees was ordered held without bond by 4th District Magistrate Michael Oths.
Dees, of Nampa, is accused of the killings of 80-year-old Ted Welp, his 77-year-old wife Elaine Welp and their 52-year-old son Tom Welp. According to the indictment, Tom Welp had been stabbed in the neck and additional weapons used in the crime were a 9 mm handgun and baseball bat. It's believed that the Welps were killed on March 8 or 9.
Dees had been taken into custody shortly thereafter for allegedly using the Welp family's credit cards at a local store.
Ada County prosecutors have given few details regarding the crime, adding that no decision had been made on whether they will seek the death penalty if Dees is convicted.
Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney said 50 detectives, crime scene investigators and patrol deputies had worked on the case, putting in more than 1,000 hours into their investigation.
Dees' next court appearance is an arraignment, set for Thursday, April 16, before 4th District Judge Sam Hoagland. Dees is expected to enter pleas to the charges at that time.
Update March 13, 2015 2:55 p.m.:
Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney has released telling comments regarding a triple homicide in the Boise Foothills that was discovered Tuesday.
"A few days ago, I could not confidently tell you not to be concerned about your s after. Today, I feel comfortable saying that you can sleep peacefully tonight—without fear and worry of an ongoing threat to the community," he wrote.
Detectives have recovered a diamond engagement ring belonging to the victims after witnesses said they'd seen it in the possession of Adam Dees, who has been arrested and charged with three felony counts of grand theft, three counts of forgery and a misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit—all in connection with the triple homicide.
Original Post March 13, 2015 11:28 a.m.:
The Ada County Sheriff's office has released more details of its investigation into the violent killing of three people at a Foothills home earlier this week, KTVB reports
Adam Michael Dees, 22, of Nampa, was arrested Wednesday
on three felony counts of grand theft, three counts of forgery and one misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit in connection with the deaths.
Prosecutors told reporters that Dees spent money using credits belonging to the victims at Barbacoa, Buckle and the Oakley shop at Boise Towne Square Mall, and Best Buy, where he purchased a car stereo. According to Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney, Dees also tried to sell a wedding ring that may have been taken from the victims.
Dees has not been charged with the killings, though 4th District Magistrate Judge Theresa Gardunia set his bail at $2 million on the theft charges. According to his attorney, Isaiah Govia, Dees has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and is on suicide watch at the Ada County Jail.
During a press conference on Thursday, Raney described the scene at the victims' home as among the grisliest of his career.
"In my 31 years in law enforcement, I probably have not seen a bloodier or more violent murder occur," he said.
Meanwhile, the three victims have been identified by the Ada County Coroner as Theodore "Ted" Welp, 80; Delores "Elaine" Welp, 77; and their son, Thomas "Tom" Welp, 52. Both Elaine and Ted were Idaho natives, moving to Tucson, Ariz., while Ted pursued a career in the energy industry, working as senior vice president at Tucson Electric and CEO of Alamito. After moving to Boise, the Welps maintained a ranch west of Stanley and gave to religious charities and programs for the deaf and blind.
In a statement released Thursday by the Ada County Sheriff's Office, members of the Welp family wrote:
We are deeply saddened by the unexpected and tragic loss of our beloved parents and brother. No words can adequately express the grief and despair we are feeling. These were kind, caring and generous people who meant so much to us and have been senselessly taken from us.
Please respect our family’s need for privacy during this difficult time. We truly appreciate the outpouring of love, condolences and prayers from family, friends and members of the community.
The investigation is ongoing, and police have asked anyone with information about the crime to call Ada County dispatch at 208-377-6790.